Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Parthenon lit by lightning


A bolt of lightning illuminates the sky around the 2,500-year-old Parthenon temple, high on the Acropolis during a heavy rainfall in Athens early yesterday morning. Fortunately, the temple is believed to have escaped any damage.

In a reversal of the norm, the skies over Greece were heavy with the threat of more storms, and the temperatures dropping overnight to 21°C (70°F). Meanwhile the usually overcast and cool skies over Britain have been startlingly clear, with temperates set to break heat records this week.

For once, I'm delighted to be in London rather than Athens!

Read more here.

14 comments:

ShadowFalcon said...

I'm glad the Pathenon wasn't damaaged but that's an amazing pic.

Hope you are enjoying the heat wave :-)

Tinsie said...

I'm loving the heatwave! I hope it lasts :-)

palmtreefanatic said...

wow!!!! its in the 70's this week here then back to the 80's! I enjoy the heat too!

Tinsie said...

It's 26°C in London at the moment - that's 79°F! 25°C and rain in Athens. Hip hip hurray :-)

Karen said...

Is that an actual photo of the lightening strike? What are the chances of that??

Tinsie said...

Pretty slim, is my immediate reaction, although I'm sure photographers are on standby for just this kind of opportunity during stormy weather. All you need is a window facing the Acropolis, a tripod and a decent camera.

The photo was published in the paper that reported the lightning strike (linked in my post), but whether it's been photoshopped or not, is anyone's guess.

What I can tell you with certainty is that the yellow light you see inside the temple has nothing to do with the lightning strike. It's produced by carefully positioned floodlights ;-)

Jacob said...

If you took this photo, you should send it to National Geographic and enter it into one of their contests. Superb!

Tinsie said...

How I wish! I'm afraid I've shamelessly copied it off the internet. See the link at the bottom of my post :-)

JM said...

Simply amazing! Great work indeed!

Karen said...

I figured as much. I hate that at the ripe old age of 39, I'm so cynical. It would be much nicer to believe someone actually snapped that at the exact millisecond the lightning struck.

Deepak Acharya said...

wow ! it was a wonderful shot.

Kate said...

Borrowed this and posted it on my fb page. I didn't even know it happened and I live in Athens ;-)

Fifi Flowers said...

That's WILD!!!

Tinsie said...

@ Kate: Hehe ;-)